Kumho Tire will supply its last-generation tires for the compact hatchback Seat Ibiza — the flagship model of the Spanish automaker currently owned by Volkswagen Group. For Ibiza, SEAT has chosen the Kumho Ecowing ES31 model belonging to the energy-efficient class.
The new tire deal continues the collaboration between Kumho and Volkswagen. Specifically, the Korean tire maker has been supplying tires for VW Polo since 2006. In 2015, the development of new eco-tires for Polo was started, and, after the serial production was certified in 2017, the car was supplied with the Kumho Ecowing ES01, which, due to the fact that Polo and Ibiza are built on one and the same platform, were homologated for the Seat model without any extra tests.
The Ecowing ES31 is the next-generation environmentally friendly tire that was put on the European market in 2018. Compared to the predecessor model, the new environmentally-friendly summer product features low rolling resistance (LRR) technology that is specifically designed to minimize carbon dioxide emissions and energy loss without sacrificing performance. Its tread pattern and latest specification compound ensure a balanced driving performance in terms of wet grip, mileage and noise.
Manufacture of the car will take place at SEAT’s production facility in Martorell, Spain, some 30 kilometers from Barcelona, and the model will be sold across Europe. The tires will be manufactured at Kumho’s Gokseong plant in Korea.
«The contract to supply the ES31 for standard fit to the SEAT Ibiza is further confirmation of the Volkswagen Group’s approval of our eco-friendly tires, which have already enjoyed recognition across the European market — said the Senior Vice President of Kumho Tire Kim In-soo — We will continue building on our proprietary technologies with the aim of creating a new chapter in the field of environmentally-friendly tires.»
The Ibiza model will be fitted with the Kumho tires in 185/65R15 88H.